Even though convictions for driving under the influence remain on a person's record, any of them over 10 years old are not allowed to be used in court in Tennessee. This means that an individual who is arrested for DUI now could be treated as a first time offender if it has been at least 10 years since his or her last conviction. It provides people with a second chance of sorts -- that is, unless current charges include vehicular homicide.
For instance, a woman was recently arrested and charged with several crimes, including the death of a man she allegedly struck and killed. When her criminal record was reviewed, it was discovered that she has been convicted of driving under the influence seven times since 1986. Under ordinary circumstances, any of those convictions that occurred over 10 years ago would not be a factor in the current charges she is facing.